Linking urban design to sustainability: formal indicators of social urban sustainability field research in Perth, Western Australia

Sergio Porta, John Luciano Renne

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Abstract

The making of a livable urban community is a complex endeavor. For much of the 20th Century plannersand engineers believed that modern and rational decision-making would create successful cities. Today, political leaders across the globe are considering ways to promote sustainable development and the concepts of New Urbanism are making their way from the drawing board to the ground. While much has changed in the world, the creation of a successful street is as much of an art today as it was in the 1960s.Our work seeks to investigate 'street life' in cities as a crucial factor towards community success. What arethe components of the neighborhood and street form that contributes to the richness of street life? To answer this question we rely on the literature. The aim of the Formal Indicators of Social Urban Sustainability studyis to measure the formal components of a neighborhood and street that theorists have stated important in promoting sustainability. This paper will describe how this concept helps to bridge urban design and sustainability. It will describe the tool and show how this was applied in a comparative assessment of Joondalup and Fremantle, two urban centers in the Perth metropolitan area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages13
JournalUrban Design International
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • social urban sustainability
  • urban design
  • australia

Impacts

Sustainable Buildings and Cities

David Grierson (Participant) & Fiona Bradley (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Professional practice, training and standards, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment

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